Horse trials promise four days of fun for all family

Blyth Tait at last year's event.
Blyth Tait at last year's event.

An international equestrian event returns to the North East this week, and it’s promising more family-friendly attractions than ever.

The Burgham International Horse Trials get under way today and continue until Sunday.

The event, sponsored by North Tyneside construction firm the Owen Pugh Group, offers four days of competitions in showjumping, cross-country and dressage featuring international competitors including Olympic gold medal-winner Blyth Tait.

Its course-side attractions have been beefed up in a bid to appeal to families looking for a fun day out as well as equestrian sport aficionados.

Newcastle-based cancer charity Daft as a Brush is to host family activities across the four days including a coconut shy, football target shooting and an electric buzzer challenge. They will be free to participate in, but donations to the Gosforth charity will be welcomed.

There will also be face-painting, a bungee run and more than 40 trade stalls selling the likes of saddlery and wicker baskets, along with food and drink stands offering beefburgers, pizzas, ice cream and coffee.

Organising committee member Martyn Johnson said: “The Burgham International Horse Trials have grown in stature year on year, and we’re really proud to welcome many leading world event riders over the course of the four days, as well as the prestigious Burghley young event horse qualifiers, which make a welcome return to the programme.

“At the same time that we’re growing as a major equestrian event, we’re keen that people from the region who aren’t so familiar with the sport come along and sample the excitement for themselves, so we have put in place many more course-side attractions than ever to appeal to family members of all ages.

“It promises to be a weekend of great value entertainment for all, and I’d urge people to come out to enjoy the occasion.”

Tickets are available online or on the gate, priced from £3 per adult. For details, visit